Official Statements

Drowning of Palestinians off the coast of Sicily a ‘clear and tragic sign’ of untenable situation
19 March 2015
Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness According to latest reports, as many as nine Palestinians drowned off the coast of Sicily on 4 March. They were amongst 59 Palestinians who were part of a larger group trying to reach Europe from the shores of Libya. The fact that this group reportedly consisted of...
Official Statements
08 January 2015
UNRWA protects and assists Palestine refugees in its fields of operation – the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria – including during armed conflict and occupation. We do so in accordance with well-established humanitarian principles, including impartiality and neutrality, as well as international law.
Official Statements
Margot Ellis, UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General
09 December 2014
Geneva, Distinguished Guests, It is with a great sense of disappointment that 2014 is ending as yet another year without a durable solution to the plight of Palestine refugees. This year has bourne witness to violent conflict in the occupied Palestinian Territory that has yet again caused the irreparable and...
Official Statements
Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis
04 December 2014
In 2008, then Deputy Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, presciently said to this audience: “The social, humanitarian and potentially political repercussions in this already volatile region do not need to be spelled out … New financial pressures come at a precarious time.” I don’t think he, or any of us, could have...
Official Statements
Statement by Pierre Krähenbühl Commissioner-General of UNRWA on the occasion of the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
25 November 2014
As we mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, pressures on Palestinians and Palestine refugees are immense and the threats to their lives, livelihoods and future are of such magnitude that hope is desperately needed somewhere on the horizon. Hope in this most unstable region can only be...
Official Statements